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Student of university is free to be sensational (5)


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'sensational' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'student of university is free' is the wordplay.
'student of university' becomes 'lu' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'is free' becomes 'rid' (similar in meaning).

'to be' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for lurid that I've seen before include "In vivid detail" , "Ghastly in appearance" , "Vivid, sensational" , "Vividly shocking" , "Melodramatically sensational" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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